The rejected became the accepted

Acts Bible Background

06.25.2017 – New Testament: Acts 7.37–40

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 7.20–43 on June 25, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Jewish Council did not understand the point that Stephen made by reiterating the history of Israel. As you will see, Stephen used Moses to illustrate how in the past the people of God had rejected the very man whom God accepted, and Stephen wanted them to see that they had done that with Jesus,

“This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.’ This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, the one who received the living oracles to give to us, whom our fathers would not obey, but rejected. And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him’” (Acts 7.37–40). 

The Jewish Council also rejected Stephen and killed him, although God had sent and accepted him also.


  • Have you rejected someone whom God sent to you?
  • Have people rejected you?

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